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North Solar Screen LLC

Phone: (978) 470-8082 Fax: (978) 475-6496 9 Bartlet Street, Suite 231, Andover, MA 01810


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North Solar is the internet connection for Solar Screen Corporation, a manufacturer of custom transparent solar shades that prevent heat, glare and fade. The company offers a line of interior and exterior retractable solar control shades. The company provides Kool Vue Transparent Mylar, Phifer and 3G Screenglass Sun Control Sheer Weaves, Black Out Shades, Skylight Shades and Display Window Shades, Motorized Shades, Flourescent Bulb Jackets, and Window Film. The company was established in Massachusetts in 1992. The company employs 1 person. Ms. Deborah Miller is the Owner of the company. Any questions or problems may be directed to the attention of Ms. Miller.

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 2
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 0
Total Closed Complaints 2

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Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
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Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: July 01, 2004 Business started: 01/01/1992 in MA Business incorporated: 01/01/2007 in MA
Type of Entity

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business Management
Ms. Deborah B. Miller, Manager
Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Deborah B. Miller, Manager
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Refund and Exchange Policy
The business states that their refund policy is as follows: Custom manufactured shades can be remade at a discount. No refund or exchange for custom jobs. If factory made a mistake remade for free and shipped for free.
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  • 9 Bartlet Street, Suite 231

    Andover, MA 01810

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5/15/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I purchased 3 shades from North Solar Screen There web site advertises measuring and installation available from NBI (national blind installers) I went to NBI web site and typed in my zip code and was unable to get an installer that did outside shades. I called North Solar Screen and they gave me a number for **** ******** NBI installer. He measured my shades charging $80.00. We were unable to set up an installation date, so we installed the outside shade ourselves. At time of measuring I was quoted a price by **** ******** of $800.00 to install 3 shades the break down being $700. for the outside shade and $50.00 each for the inside shades. I contacted **** ******** to install the inside shades and his price was now $500. for both. So I contact another NBI installer and his price was $125.00 each when he came he said the shades were measured wrong they are too small.I contacted North Solar Screen and was told I had to take it up with **** ********, I contacted NBI and was told because I received **** ********'s # from North Solar the guarantee didn't apply. I had no idea that by getting the number from North Solar I would have no guarantee. I have made several attempts to contact **** ******** with no response.

Desired Settlement: I want North Solar Screen to contact **** ******** and have him replace the shades I was told he does a lot of work for them. It shouldn't be difficult for them to contact him. I believed the web sites guarantee of measuring and was not told any different.

Business Response:

As was initially explained to Ms. ******** and is stated on our website, we provide the names of bonded and insured installers purely as a courtesy. Notwithstanding, we care VERY much about what happens with our customers.  In the event of problems we always try our best to help rectify situations. For instance, when Ms. ******** complained that the skylight shades she ordered were not white enough, we replaced them immediately, free of charge without question, even though we had recommended that she see samples first.

Regarding the installer, Ms. ******** was unable to set up an installation date with **** ******** because she fired him before he had a chance to install. He was supposed to install a huge, motorized outdoor shade for her.   The evening before the installation, Mr. ******** emailed Ms. ******** expressing his fears about the impending inclement weather predicted for the next day. This was a very difficult job requiring electrical work high up on a high ladder. He told her he would call the next afternoon upon completion of a museum job in NYC, which was only 6 miles from her house in Flushing, to access if the weather was safe. (Coincidentally, this was also for one of our customers.) Mr. ******** said when he got outside after the job it was pouring rain. He called her and tried to explain that his ladders were already soaking wet, it was just too dangerous to do the job and asked to postpone the date but she became enraged, saying it hadn’t yet started to rain at her house, and fired him on the spot.  She then called us and demanded that we find her another installer. 

In trying to be helpful, we worked hard to find her the name of someone else who knew how to install these shades.  Twice we gave her the name, Steve Linera, and his phone number.   She never called him.  Ms. ******** states that she had another installer from NBI come who claimed the skylight shades were measured wrong by **** ********. According to NBI records, Ms. ******** made three requests for an installer:  01/08 12, 01/31/11 and 09/14/11.  She cancelled all three requests. We have never received any measuring forms from the NBI network for her skylight shades which happens immediately when a customer hires an installer from that service.

We did contact **** ******** for Ms. ********. It seems because of very harsh words spoken by her, he feels too uncomfortable to return. However, Mr. ******** stated that he recently spoke to her husband by phone on two occasions and explained how to install the shades using shims because of frame variances. We also told Ms. ******** that we would be happy to remake the shades at a discount if they were measured wrong.

Unfortunately, we cannot control the relationships between customers and installers. As you know from our impeccable record we have always tried to help resolve any issues and provide the most dedicated service that we can.   We remain committed to this endeavor.

Sincerely yours,
Debby Miller

Consumer Response:

I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does not satisfy or resolve my issues and/or concerns.


Business Response:

Unfortunately, we have tried so very hard to please this customer but without success.  We are sorry she had problems with the installer but he is not our employee and therefore we have no legal grounds to force him to do as she asks.  As was initially explained to her, we offer the names of bonded and insured installers purely as a courtesy.   We do not employ them and have no contractual agreement with them.  On our sales contract that she signed it states, “North Solar Screen is not responsible for any measuring or installation problems arising from an installer you employ.”   On the Measure and Install Service page of our website it says: “Installers and NBI contractors are not employees or agents of North Solar Screen, LLC. We provide this as a courtesy service only. Any work provided by the professional is on a contract basis between you and the installer.”  On the warranty page of our website it says: “North Solar Screen will not assume responsibility for any labor installation problems whether measuring or installing.”

In keeping with our high standards of service, we feel we have done everything in our power to remedy her situations.  We started by remaking her shades for free without question when she was dissatisfied with the color. When the installer asked to postpone the motorized outdoor shade installation due to inclement weather and she fired him, we tried to explain why it was too dangerous. When she demanded we find her another, even though it was not our obligation as we did not sell this as an installed job, we obliged her and worked hard to find her someone else although she didn’t use him.  When we tried to mediate with the installer on her behalf he said he felt too uncomfortable to return which is why he raised his rate.  We have told the customer that we will gladly remake the shades at a discount if they are measured wrong as is our policy. She claims an NBI  installer came and said the shades were measured wrong but NBI records indicate she cancelled all requests for an installer so we have received no dimensions.

As we explained, this is a situation the customer needs to resolve with the installer herself. Perhaps she needs to do so through legal means.  We have no legal standing in this issue.

Consumer Response:

I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does not satisfy or resolve my issues and/or concerns.

I can address all of the issues presented by North Solar Screen As for the shade replacement it was NSS error I have an e-mail from ***** of NSS. I didn't even bring that up in my original complaint because it was there error and they corrected it. I never cancelled any of my requests for installions the 3 dates Ms. ****** mentioned 1-31-11 I didn't even order shades yet the second date 9-4-11 thet is when I called NSS to say none of the installers did outside shades. and the third date is when I got the installer ***** who came to my home and stated the shades were too small.  I did not fire Mr. ********. I called him after waiting 2 hours for him. H etold me he e-mailed me the night before to say if it was raining he couldn't do shade, I told him if he had anything important to tell me to call me as I don't have e-mail on my phone. I left work early for my appointment with him, I lost pay. I asked him to do the sky light shades he said no. I believe he was stuck on another job and used the weather as an excuse because he cancelled or put me off so many times. I never would have spent so much money on shades if I couldn't get they hung. NSS doesn't explain this process clearly. Mr. ******** may not be there employee but he does a lot of work for them as they indicated. So I don't see it as a problem for them to have him fix this mistake.

I can forward my emails from NSS and Rick ******** if needed, I just don't know how to add them to this file.



BBB's Final Determination: After reviewing the position of all parties, BBB determined that the business made a reasonable effort to address the complaint. However the consumer remains dissatisfied.

4/17/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: North Solar Screen has customers agree to the following policy, stating deep discounts for customer error: "RESPONDING TO THIS MEANS THAT YOU HAVE READ AND AGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING COMPANY POLICY: Changes/ Cancellations All North Solar Screen products are custom manufactured by to fit your specifications. THEREFORE THEY ARE NOT RETURNABLE OR REFUNDABLE. However, for customer measurement errors we will remake shades at a deep discount." North Solar Screen said this was an old policy, they were sorry it was misleading and would not honor their own company policy.

Desired Settlement: Honor the "deep discount" they have the customer agree to, but are unwilling to agree to themselves.

Business Response: We are so sorry this customer is upset. We had offered to remake the shades at a discount of $51.40 which is a 25% discount.  With the sale price these ***** shades were purchased at 65% below suggested retail price so we considered that fair and well within industry standards for remakes because there  isn't a lot of money to work with.    Measuring mistakes are a rarity with North Solar Screen.  We work so closely with our customers to get the dimensions right.  We do not want our customers
 to be unhappy. We pride ourselves on our great customer service.  We will grant the customer the extra discount that she is requesting for this transaction.

Consumer Response: I have reviewed the response submitted by the business and have determined that the response does satisfy my issues and/or concerns in reference to complaint.  Thank you for complying with your own company policy, it's very much appreciated, however I am sorry North Solar Screen needed the BBB involved to do that.

BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.